Wanderback American Single Malt Batch No. 2
American Single Malt
Wanderback // Washington (aged in Oregon), USA
Wanderback is a hybrid independent bottler/distillery. The brand collaborates with distillers directly prior to distillation rather than post-distillation to achieve their desired result. For Batch No. 2, Seattle's Westland Distillery double pot distilled a mix of four types of malted barley: Washington Select Pale Malt, Pale Chocolate Malt, Munich Malt, and Crystal Malt. It aged in Oregon for three years in 53 gallon, high toast, low char new American oak barrels. Then it finished for 6 months in ex-Nicaraguan rum and ex-Heaven Hill bourbon barrels. Bottled at 100 proof.
American Single MaltMade in the USA from 100% malted barley. Distilled at one distillery. Matured in oak casks no larger than 700L. Distilled to no higher than 160 proof (80% ABV). Bottled at 80 proof (40% ABV) or higher. (This is the proposed Standard of Identity by the American Single Malt Whiskey Commission.)
Cask Typehigh toast, low char new American oak, finished in ex-rum and ex-bourbon barrels
"The second batch of Wanderback turns everything up from the first: higher proof, more time in barrel, and finishing in ex-rum and ex-bourbon barrels. The result is a richer and rounder whiskey with notes of brown sugar, vanilla, and creme brulee. It's got a pleasant kick and a finish that lingers with a hint of dark tobacco."